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Our History

1960s

  • 1960: Before it even opens its doors, Delta College petitions the FCC to begin broadcasting on UHF Channel 19.
  • 1962: Newly opened Delta College builds a 500-foot television tower on its main campus. The new TV station will go by the call letters WUCM ("University Center, Michigan").
  • 1964: At 7 pm on October 12, WUCM-TV 19 goes on the air for the first time. The first program aired is a children's show called What's New. At this point, it only plays 15 hours of programming a week, including classes for English, Spanish, economics, and nursing students.
  • 1967: WUCM becomes an affiliate of National Educational Television (NET), which will eventually become PBS.

1970s

  • 1971: Day-By-Day, a daily show hosted by Andy Rapp, premieres. After 3,203 episodes, the show would be replaced by The Weekly with Andy Rapp and, eventually, Currently Speaking.
  • 1972: WUCM holds the first of 17 Great TV Auctions to raise money for equipment. The first auction is dubbed the "Rainbow Auction" and raised nearly $40,000 for WUCM to broadcast in color.
  • 1974: WUCM broadcasts in color for the first time.
  • 1978: WUCM airs its first broadcast from a satellite feed.
  • 1979: The Great TV Auction raises a record $101,636.

1980s

  • 1986: Delta Broadcasting expands into the Thumb, establishing WUCX-TV in Bad Axe-Ubly.
  • 1988: The last Great TV Auction raises money for WUCX to "Go Stereo." That year, WUCX becomes the first station in mid-Michigan to broadcast in stereo.
  • 1989: Delta Broadcasting adds a public radio station, WUCX-FM 90.1, operated jointly between Delta College and Central Michigan University.

1990s

  • 1996: The premiere of Dateline Delta, the oldest original local program still airing on Q-TV.
  • 1998: Delta Broadcasting starts using the names Q-TV and Q-90.1 FM for its TV and radio stations, respectively. The TV call letters also change to WDCP ("Delta College Public") and WDCQ ("Delta College Quality").

2000s

  • 2003: Q-TV becomes the first public TV station in Michigan to transmit a 100% digital signal, allowing it to offer multiple channels, including an HD channel, for the first time. Analog broadcasts continue as well.
  • 2005: Vanishing Voices of World War II premieres, marking the beginning of a series of award-winning local documentaries.
  • 2009: Q-TV broadcasts in analog for the last time. The station is now entirely digital.
  • 2009: Q-TV and Q-90.1 FM join Twitter, bringing Delta Broadcasting into social media for the first time.

2010s

  • 2013: DeltaBroadcasting.org becomes a responsive site, allowing for a better experience on mobile devices.

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